“It is all quintessential Moorcock — a wild, fascinating batch of stories fairly balancing the fantastic and the nearly ordinary, and showcasing Moorcock’s talent very well, thank you.” – Booklist, starred review
You might think you know Michael Moorcock, but you could be wrong. It’s not just the novels, the nonfiction, the editing, and various other pursuits–it’s also about a body of short fiction that ranges from the realistic to the surrealistic and fantastical, and that has influenced generations of writers.
With The Best of Michael Moorcock, edited by John Davey with input from myself and Ann, now out in bookstores and getting rave attention from the likes of Boing Boing and others–see this good review from Charles Tan–I thought I’d just remind you it’s out there. Not only does the content include some of my favorite stories from Moorcock–his World War III stories still have the power to kick you in the teeth–it also features a brilliant interior design by the amazing John Coulthart. (Full contents list here.)
As the ad copy says:
These exceptional stories range effortlessly from the genre tales that continue to define fantasy to the author’s critically-acclaimed mainstream works. Classic offerings include the Nebula award-winning novella “Behold the Man,” which introduces a time traveler and unlikely messiah that H.G. Wells never imagined, “The Visible Men,” a recent tale of the ambiguous and androgynous secret agent Jerry Cornelius, the trilogy “My Experiences in the Third World War,” where a Russian agent in an alternate Cambodia is powerless to prevent an inevitable march toward nuclear disaster, and “A Portrait in Ivory,” a Melibone story of troubled anti-hero Elric and his soul-stealing sword, Stormbringer.
It might have been hard to help make decisions about what to include and what not to include, but it’s quite easy to summon the energy to assist in editing a Moorcock collection–because in addition to being an iconic talent he’s also the wisest, nicest person we know, along with his truly wonderful wife Linda. A big thank you again to John Davey for being kind enough to let us be a part of what was really his Herculean effort.
Here’s a generous helping from our afterword…